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Reference XT40i Speaker Cables From QED - The Audiophile Man
Newly updated speakers cables they may be but Paul Rigby wonders if the sound of the Reference XT40i designs has also been improved Cor, it’s been a few years since I initially reviewed QED’s XT40 speaker cables. Time does fly. So I was intrigued to see that QED has updated the design and added one of those essential ‘i’ appellations to the name of the Reference XT40i cables. Where would we be without those letter ‘i’ additions, eh? According to the company, there are, “…several technological upgrades…” to these budget speaker cables including an Air Gap dielectric to cut capacitance while the proprietary X-Tube technology remains in place. There’s also a 4.0mm² cross sectional area and 99.999% oxygen-free copper construction. Apart from these nice tweaks and additions, the Reference XT40i cables are pretty straightforward: easy on the eye, easy to use and plug in without any excess weight applying drag to speaker sockets. How do they sound? SOUND QUALITY I played both Nat ‘King’ Cole’s Autumn Leaves from Best Of…Vol.2 and Early Morning from Barclay James Harvest’s Early Morning Onwards. For such a low price, the performance from the XT40i speaker cables is pretty darned special. What gets you from …